Epoch promises to be epic
March 31, 2016

Poster design by Victoria Kristofic.

When Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker was asked to attend NSCAD’s senior students’ runway show, she didn’t hesitate. It was an enthusiastic yes.

“I feel this incredible responsibility to encourage this next generation of emerging designers. It’s such a different time now and it’s tough,” says Beker, who spent 27 years as the host of Fashion Television. She’ll be NSCAD’s special guest at Epoch, a runway show and gala, on Saturday, April 16 at the Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Rd., Halifax. “So I want to be there to offer my support and applaud innovation.”

The key to succeed, says Beker, style columnist for The Globe and Mail and style editor of The Shopping Channel, is for designers to hone their craft and to have a strong, precise point of view.

And that’s where NSCAD students have an advantage, says Gary Markle, associate professor in the Textiles/Fashion Department. At NSCAD, the fashion program is linked strongly with textiles, so students gain a deep understanding of cloth. It balances the conceptual concerns of design with the textile traditions of weaving, dyeing, printing and garment making.

“The students are able to approach the body as sculpture because at NSCAD they get this full spectrum experience of fibre, cloth and fashion,” says Prof. Markle. “At NSCAD, textiles comes first and we embrace that.”

Epoch marks an exciting time at NSCAD. It’s been four years since the Textiles/Fashion major was redefined, reflecting a philosophy that the two areas of study are intrinsically connected.

“We’ve been building the program and it’s blossoming now. These students exemplify that,” says Prof. Markle. “Also we feel that NSCAD’s had a tough few years, but now we’re all looking forward to a better time. What better way to celebrate than with an emerging designer fashion show.”

The student designers who will debut collections at Epoch are: Cai Ripley, Chelsie Coles, Elisha Huntley, Emily Bjornson, Johana Cordero, Jodie Fox, Kaleigh Woodard, Kelly MacGillivrary, Leanne Hansen, Maggie MacCormick, Matthew Brown, Myfanwy Gover, Toban Ralson and Victoria Kristofic.

Tickets are selling briskly. They are available online through Ticket Halifax.

Jeanne Beker started her career as an actress, but moved into radio and then television as co-host of the ground-breaking series, The New Music. She went on to become the host of   Fashion Television (FT), which aired for 27 years and had viewers in more than 130 countries. Jeanne is the author of five books, including her 2010 autobiography, Finding Myself in Fashion. She is currently a featured columnist for The Globe and Mail and Post City magazine. Her fashion and editorial credits include her clothing line, Edit by Jeanne Beker, as well a number of product lines, including shoes, jewelry and sunglasses. 


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